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Firefighters respond to hot wiring at Cozad residence, avert fire | Rural Radio Network

Firefighters respond to hot wiring at Cozad residence, avert fire

Firefighters respond to hot wiring at Cozad residence, avert fire
RRN/Cozad Fire & Rescue called to home to deal with potential fire.
RRN/Firefighters respond to smell of smoke at Cozad residence.

Cozad, Neb. — Cozad Fire & Rescue responded shortly before 9 a.m. Monday to what was reported as a possible house fire at 617 W 17th. Fire Chief Dan Niles says there was no fire to put out, but it’s good the problem was caught early before there was a fire…

Fire Chief Dan Niles: “Determined to be electrical shortage…they had some daisy chain extension cords plugging in multiple items in the back bedroom…the resident there in that single-family home had smelled some smoke and then the breaker did its job and tripped out…when we got there…there was real light smoke…we did some investigating and searching around and finally found the heat source and eliminated it….it ended up being a pretty easy fix and nothing was hurt.”

Lexington Volunteer Fire Department was summoned to provide mutual aid. Niles says the problem was near a window that had a black curtain over it and if the breaker hadn’t tripped,  the room would have been engulfed in fire in short order because there were a number of items that could have caught fire. Niles says the resident was urged to have an electrician check to make sure the electrical wires in the wall are OK for future use. An ambulance was dispatched because a woman fell coming out of the house. Niles says the woman was not injured and  was “cleared” by emergency responders.

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